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Parts Washing Solvent.

:waving: Hey Guys

I just picked up a handy little 3.5 gallon Parts Washer.

What would be the BEST Solvent to use.

Thanks in advance for your usual valued cooperation :thumbsup:

Regards, :beers:

Tom Gallagher :shield:
 

65specialconvert

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over the years ive found the enviromentally friendly citrus stuff,doesnt work on heavy grease very well.the plain old stoddard solvent works the best,i use pearl brand from my local chevron oil distributer,5 gal about $40.just dont get water in it,dry wet parts first.when im done i put it back in the 5gal can & take it to my local waste transfer station(dump) as hazardous waste.i can dispose of it free in wa state,as i am considered a small generator of it.
 

Fitysix

Active Member
CRC....can be bought in a 5 gal. bucket...mix 50/50 with kerosene....great stuff last a long time and will cut through just about anything. Landfills will except it when it is dirty enough to warrent dumping it.
Dale
 
:waving: Hey Dale (Fitysix)

How You Doin?

AS luck would have it, I work for a New Car Carrier Transportation Company with 75 ft Equipment and I have access to a 250 gallon Fluid Waste gallondisposal Tank.

You wouldn't believe the stuff I can easily dispose of. For me personnelly disposal isn't a problem.

I just want to use a solution that will make cleaning up dirty greasy parts the easiest.

CRC has always produced an outstanding product.
Are You Talking about CRC are you talking about penetrating oil or something like Brakecleen:confused:

They have a parts cleaner I can also use for BIG stuff. In fact they have 2.
One with the bio-grgradeable solution. It doesn't clean stuff up like the old one which has the old school solution. I just don't knw what the old solution contains? :confused:

I think it is SafetyKleen. Apparently the stuff does have a "Flash Point" if in the advent of a fire the lid collapses and smothers and extinguishes the flames.

Regards, :beers:

Tom Gallagher :shield:
 
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Fitysix

Active Member
Tom,
Doin' Fine.... It is a CRC product that I bought at an automotive shop. It came a 5gal drum and you mixed it 50/50 with kerosene. It is specifically made for parts washers. I will head out in the garage here in awhile and get you the name and number off the can. I have filled this parts washer twice in 3 years. You would be amazed at how long it will last you. It cost about $45.00. It is good to hear you purchased one with the bang lid :bgrin: . Mine has never gone off :hurray: and is great for most engine parts (used to do alot of motorcycle engines). Will get back to you soon.
Dale aka Fitysix
 
Parts Cleaning Chemical solution

:waving: Hey Dale

Interested to know what You are using.:confused:

I went to www.SuperKleenDirect.com to find what solutions are available and they probably have half a dozen costing between 50 and 180 buck.

I want to find the proper cleaning solution for my application :thumbsup:

Regards, :beers:

Tom Gallagher :shield:
 
kerosene

I havw been told by the shop foreman that the best solution to use is kerosene:thumbsup:

Any thoughts:confused:

Regards, :beers:

Tom Gallagher :shield:
 
Parts Washer Solvent

Hey Tom & everyone else..........

Be careful if you decide to use kerosene as it does have a low flash point, not as low as gasoline but still........What type of heat do you have in your shop?.......oil or propane/natural gas fired burner?.........don't use a flammable solvent that could accumulate fumes at teh ground level as you could run into problems :angry: :clonk: :angry: :clonk:

Bob
 

Fitysix

Active Member
Boy do I feel stupid.....It is a Gunk product that is called SC-3.....Use CRC on a daily basis and the fumes musta made me a little loopy :clonk: ....
That is it Tom.....10 to 1 with K1 and off ya go....
BTW Hey Tom ....and Hey Bob:waving:
Dale
 
Parts Kleener

:waving: Hey Bob Bates and Fitysix

For heat I use a Kerosene Heater with and Electric Plug in.

Dale, I'm not sure just what You mean by your expression 10 to 1 with K1 and off you go :confused:

I have been told that a lot of the Modern Cleaning Solutions also require them to be heated to about 110 degrees to work effectively.

So where do I go from here:confused:

Regards,:beers:

Tom Gallagher :shield:
 
Attn: Robert Bates

:waving: Hey Bob,

I have also been told I could use Mineral Spirits.

Being a Fireman What is the Flash Point of Kerosene and Mineral Spirits.:confused:

A lot of the Water Based Solutions require a Heated Temperature of 104 Degree in order to work Efficiently and Effectively.

I wonder if there is any product out the that is Not Flamable and will work under colder temperatures:thumbsup:

Highest Regards,:beers:

Tom Gallagher
 

Fitysix

Active Member
Tom,
The 10 to 1 comment was in reference to the mix...10 parts K-1 Kerosene to 1 part cleaner.......not being a fireman but using solvents all day I am used to MSDS papers on most common cleaners. Mineral spirits has a lower flash point than K-1 Kerosene...meaning it goes BOOM with less heat than K-1:eek: . The only time I have seen cleaners heated was in a high dollar dip tank at an auto machine shop. I don't want to mess with anything on that line as the potential for disaster is a bit more than I want to chew on. Most of the " Friendly" cleaners I have run across don't do the cleaning like a good solvent. I have been using the combination I mentioned before for about 3 years and is pretty much standard from what I understand. If you find anything that is cheap and will knock 50 year old crud off of parts and is enviro friendly and doesn't take 20 years of soaking or 5 hours of scrubbing ....PLEASE let me know :beers:

Dale
 

Fitysix

Active Member
Tom,
K-1 has a flash point of 123 degrees. The SC-3 is so minimal it is rediculous... General Mineral Spirits flash at 105 degrees...hope this helps!
Dale
 
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